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From espnW.com: Jackie Joyner-Kersee explains to Robin Roberts where her drive and determination comes from.
Professional footballer and USWNT defender Ali Krieger on “The Long Road Back,” via ussoccer.com.
From all over:
Kim Clijsters, the former world number one, has announced her retirement from tennis after this year’s US Open in August.
Here’s hoping that Clijsters finishes the season strong. We’ll miss her.
The Olympics start in July, but American sprinter Allyson Felix is still deciding which events she’ll focus on in London. She’s won Olympic silver medals twice in her beloved 200 meters, a distance in which she’s also a three–time world champion.
Felix won an Olympic gold in 2008, on the 4x400-meter relay team. But this time around, she wants an individual gold, too.
From CBC Sports:
A funny thing happened on the way to London. Some of Canada’s top female athletes were racing the guys, and beating them. It’s what they call in sport, “guys getting chicked”.
When I first decided to do an Olympic special for CBC Radio about this phenomenon I didn’t know where to start.
After all, there are so many outstanding athletes and so many amazing stories.
Then I tried to break it down into a number that always works for me in story telling - three.
And soon the choices became obvious. Clara Hughes, who is attempting what no other Canadian athlete has achieved; Priscilla Lopes-Schliep, who gave birth at the height of her athletic prowess; and boxer Mandy Bujold. Three extraordinary female athletes.
As Geeta Phogat completes her sprint at a sprawling sports campus in Punjab state, one of her coaches nods approvingly at her stopwatch, another rushes to check her pulse, and a third ushers her toward the gym for a bout of wrestling.
Such attention and encouragement is routine for a top athlete, but it is unusual for women from Geeta’s village in the northern Indian state of Haryana.
It is rare for a girl to have a life outside her home.
"In my village, girls have limited opportunities," says 23-year-old Geeta, the first female Indian wrestler to qualify for the Olympics. "If they get admission in a college, only a few households would allow them to go for further studies."
When Geeta and her wrestler-sisters began training, they were ridiculed by the community.
"They said nobody will marry us because we would have disfigured ears," says Geeta, pointing to her cauliflower ears, a common condition among wrestlers in which the outer ear is swollen.
Twelve years later Geeta is a local celebrity. Ask for the house where Geeta lives and people several kilometres away can direct you to it.
As part of her normal routine, Rayana Sahagun-Haase, a smiling 10-year-old with big, beautiful, brown eyes and braids in her hair, has an insulin pump attached to her hip at all times.
It comes off, though, when she steps on the wrestling mat.
Rayana, a Type 1 diabetic, has to be extra careful to make sure her blood-sugar level is regulated, but she refuses to let it keep her from competing against other boys or girls in her favorite sport.
“Sometimes, when my sugar is low, it’s hard to wrestle, but I go my hardest,” she said before hitting the mat Saturday morning during the USA Wrestling Central Region Championships at DeVos Place.
“I want to show boys that girls aren’t weak and they can wrestle, too. I like wrestling boys because my brother is always saying I can’t do it,” she said of older sibling, Dylan, 13. “So I want to show him.”
Meet Mini Tvaska: Bowler Mini Tvaska, 94, has macular degeneration. With the help of her teammates and memory, she bowls a spare despite not seeing the pins at the end of the lane.